When you stay at Holiday Inn Pittsburgh-Monroeville in Monroeville, you'll be near the airport and convenient to Boyce Park Ski Area. This hotel is within the region of Clayton and Carnegie Museum and Library.
Make yourself at home in one of the 187 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including a fitness facility and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and discounted use of a nearby fitness facility.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Monroeville? This hotel has 5308 square feet (478 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms and small meeting rooms.
Visit A&W Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Monroeville's Monroeville.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Do you hear what I hear? A&W Restaurant serves the best cheap eats!
Rediscover your favorite American meals at A&W Restaurant.
Jim and Lena's Market knows that a great grocery store mixes well-priced food with specialty items to give its customers a perfect mixture of delicious affordability.
Jim and Lena's Market makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Jim and Lena's Market.
Keep your whole family healthy and full with a selection of tasty canned good items from Jim and Lena's Market.
Craft a flavorful meal with some of their gourmet seasonings and spices.
If you're planning a party, you will love the platters and deli munches that Jim and Lena's Market has to offer.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
Frozen food will fill you up, so you can eat some now and save the rest for later.
Get your noodle on! Jim and Lena's Market has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Jim and Lena's Market will be tasty no matter what.
A healthy and light snack from Jim and Lena's Market is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
You'll definitely not want to miss the terrific vinegar and oil deals available at this location. You'll find top notch ingredients to transform your cooking when you stop in here.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Jim and Lena's Market and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
If you have a hankering for a tasty sandwich, swing on by Jim and Lena's Market and satisfy your craving.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Jim and Lena's Market.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
No matter what time of day you visit Jim and Lena's Market, you can find easy in-and-out parking for your hot ride.
Check off each and every grocery item on your list when you shop at Pitcairn's Jim and Lena's Market.
Bread at Cajun Cafe and Grill is absolutely delicious.
Have you heard about the amazing frozen food offered here? Conveniently priced and designed to save you time where it counts, you'll be amazed you didn't try these dishes sooner.
Find a large array of bold and flavorful coffees and teas at Cajun Cafe and Grill and sip your way through tasty goodness.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Cajun Cafe and Grill.
Pick up some noodles from Cajun Cafe and Grill and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
At Cajun Cafe and Grill, you can find a large selection of canned food items and other tasty meal items.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
Without a doubt, the best vinegar and oil options are stocked on the shelves at their terrific store.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Cajun Cafe and Grill will be tasty no matter what.
Take your cooking up a level of flavor when you choose from their wide selection of seasonings and spices.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
For fresh and tender meat that slides right off the bone, head on over here and browse the latest selection of meats.
Score a close parking spot at Cajun Cafe and Grill.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Esta Esta Restaurant, home of American comfort food.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Esta Esta Restaurant, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Got kids? No problem at Esta Esta Restaurant! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Esta Esta Restaurant will be able to accommodate your large party.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Esta Esta Restaurant.
Esta Esta Restaurant welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Esta Esta Restaurant, a local restaurant.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Esta Esta Restaurant.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Esta Esta Restaurant.
So head on over to the highly-rated Esta Esta Restaurant for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
Try a taco or opt for a burrito bowl — Mad Mex Monroeville is a quick Tex-Mex favorite in Monroeville.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Mad Mex Monroeville's complimentary wifi.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Mad Mex Monroeville.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Catering services are also available.
You can also grab your food to go.
Ample parking is available in the area.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Mad Mex Monroeville.
The menu at Mad Mex Monroeville is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
With Tex-Mex so good, you'll be a Mad Mex Monroeville regular in no time.
For Tex Mex that will take your palette to the next level, call Mad Mex Monroeville.
Pay Mad Mex Monroeville a visit and enjoy a relaxing night filled with flavorful Mexican cuisine.
So head on over to Mad Mex Monroeville for a tasty meal and keep up with the latest and greatest trends in Mexican cuisine.
As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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A dainty sweet-potato bourbon cake (seen above). A deconstructed cheesecake topped with a sphere of fruit purée. A crème brûlée decorated with delicate, edible flowers. Ceviche plated to look more like a frothy cocktail than a bite of raw fish. These are just a few of the dishes that Chef Roque Heidler has conceptualized, plated, and posted to Instagram over the years.
Jump to his five tips for food photography.
This Tulsa chef is a bit of a Renaissance man. First and foremost, he works at The Chalkboard, an elegant New American restaurant where he does triple-duty as chef de cuisine, pastry chef, and resident plating expert. There, he quickly earned a reputation for his immaculate desserts, which helped him win the Sweets category in the first annual Taste of Groupon Awards. But that’s just his day job.
Over the years, Chef Heidler’s explored all sorts of facets of the art world. He experimented with street art in his youth, and, early on in his career, he took a two-year hiatus from the food industry to work as a tattoo artist. Today, he’s using those art skills to create the stunning desserts that first caught our attention.
We had the chance to chat with Chef Heidler after he won his award recently. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.
Turning dining into an adventure
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For Chef Heidler, cooking is all about balancing the familiar and the surprising. “I generally like to do a take on my childhood favorites,” he explained. He starts with these classic dishes and infuses them with “some sort of whimsy” while maintaining their approachability.
Frequently, that whimsy he talks about comes in the form of some sort of sneaky molecular-gastronomy trick, be it dessert gels made with agar or fruit purées transformed into delicate spheres that crack open with the whack of a spoon. Or, consider his take on chocolate pie:
“I got ahold of some methylcellulose and I did this crazy, crazy mad-scientist chocolate pie … that had this strawberry-buttermilk foam and this methylcellulose chocolate filling. [The filling] would be liquid at 70 degrees, but once you heated it up to 140, it would turn into that custard state.” The resulting dessert balanced different temperatures, textures, and flavors—subverting the diners’ expectations about what a classic chocolate pie could be.
How his unique background inspires his food
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An artistic eye pervades everything Roque Heidler does. Though it’s been years since he did any street art or worked in a tattoo parlor, those experiences still give him a unique outlook on food: “I’ll look at flavors sometimes as colors, if that makes any sense. And I plate them out like that. Sometimes I’ll base a whole dish on a color and search for those flavors that go with it,” he said.
But over the years, he’s learned to let the flavors shine as much as the aesthetics. “Like, I mean, if you dig back a little deeper in [my career] ... you’ll see more of that really, really modernistic art on the plate, and I’ve dialed back from that a lot. I kind of learned, you know, you’ve gotta plate to the crowd.”
Working under the constraints of a traditional Lebanese restaurant helped him strike the right balance even more. “I just would take their classic flavors and would try to just distribute it out in that street-art form, like, layers and different takes and elevating it with different textures. But working under that [chef] taught me a lot about not detracting from the flavors so much that you couldn’t tell where it was from.”
Plating food like a pro
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Now that he’s traded in no-frills Lebanese cuisine for fine dining at The Chalkboard, Chef Heidler has a lot more room to experiment with his food’s presentation. But even though he knows that many of his diners will rush to snap and post photos of these beautiful plates, he tries not to let that Instagram culture shape what he does too much.
“I don’t think about 6 o’clock. I don’t think about any sort of clockwise on a plate. I more or less look for that overall balance from a bird’s eye view,” he said. That’s because when a plate is placed in front of a diner, that’s the first perspective they get. And this first impression is important—even if the guest immediately drops down to plate level to snap that perfect piece of food-porn photography.
They say that you eat with your eyes first, so moments like these are vital to a restaurant’s success. But last impressions are just as important as first ones at The Chalkboard. “I love doing the plate ups on desserts because it’s gonna be the last thing that sticks in your mind when you leave,” Chef Heidler said.
Five tips for improving your food photography
When his knack for plating, arts background, and love of Instagram, Chef Heidler is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to food photography. That’s why we took the opportunity to ask him for some of his best tips.
1. Find the best lighting.
Natural light is your friend.
2. Shoot on neutral backgrounds.
Chef Heidler works on gray tables at The Chalkboard, but he recommends photographing your own food on “anything black or white—that’s always going to give another element to your photo.”
3. Combine different textures.
Varying textures form the most interesting compositions. “Try to provide three different textures, be it a purée, be it a frozen element, be it something crunchy. ... That’s what’s going to give you that depth in your dish.”
4. Add some acid to boost the colors.
This is especially true if you’re photographing a dish you cooked yourself. “[Acid] will give you those bright, vibrant colors everybody tries to achieve,” he suggests. This usually means adding lemon juice or white vinegar to a dish to bring out its natural green, purples, or reds.
5. Try different angles.
He explains, “Take a step around, even if it’s like, I don’t know, 6 inches from where you were just at. You might capture a cooler way.”
Don’t roll up to the bar trying to stump Brandon Phillips. Brandon knows his cocktails. And he likes a challenge. As the bar director at Chicago’s The Duck Inn, he’s had more than a few. As he told us:
A neighborhood guest was positive I couldn’t make him an old-fashioned that tasted like a prime-rib dinner. A little beef bouillon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, rum, and voilà, the Prime Rib Old-Fashioned was born.
In the video below, hear more on craft, cocktail culture, and good old-fashioned hospitality directly from Brandon, the winner in our inaugural Taste of Groupon Awards for the The Drink Award for the Advancement of Potent Potables.